12 Exciting Hula Hooping Benefits
Are you looking for a fun, portable, and affordable way to get your workout in? Hula hooping is a playful form of exercise that has benefits from head to toe!
Here 12 exciting benefits of hula hooping!
1- Hula hooping gets you out of head and into your body.
People get stuck in their heads all the time. Our lives are full of distractions and it is easy to get pulled in every direction. We ponder the past, worry about the future, and before we know it the present moment escapes us. Exercise helps us to stay present and hula hooping is a fun way to experience the wonderful benefits of exercise.
2- Hula hooping engages the senses.
It takes a lot of concentration to spin a hula hoop. You are acquiring a new skill that takes a lot of practice and in the beginning that hoop may drop a bunch of times. This is normal and this is how we all started. Even when you become a skilled performer the hoop will still drop. This drop can be a little alarming, but it helps you snap right into the present moment.
Are you excited about hooping anxious to get your hoop and get started? Then let’s jump right into it!
Here is a free kick-starter guide that will help you start your hula hooping journey:
3- Hula hooping rewards you for never giving up.
When you pick up a hula hoop for the very 1st time, moves that look simple may feel impossible. The key is to keep going and to never give up. With every single revolution, your body is learning and getting better and better at this beautiful skill. You will have endless wins and victories throughout your hula hooping journey because there are so many fun things to learn!
There may be times when you feel discouraged because the hoop keeps dropping. If this happens, do not give up because even the drops are teaching your body lessons. You are learning what works and what doesn’t! Every single revolution and moment spent hula hooping adds up and provides amazing benefits for the mind and body.
4- Hula hooping is portable and affordable.
All it takes is a proper sized hoop and a little bit of space and then you are set and ready to go! There are lots of different kinds of hoops that have different functions, but the reason why we say “proper-sized hoop” is because a hoop is like a shoe size. It will work better if it fits you and this will be more encouraging especially when you are just starting out.
The size and material of your hoop can dramatically change the experience you have with your hula hoop. For example the toy shop hoops are very light and may not be the right size for an adult, but if you get an HDPE dance hoop in a proper size for your height it will be a completely different experience.
Here is a hula hoop buying guide that will help you choose the perfect hoop:
Purchasing a hula hoop may seem like a bit of an investment in the beginning, but it will save you money in the long run. There is no need for a gym membership because you can exercise your entire body with just one hoop in the comfort of your home. This will save you money and time because you will not need to spend gas money on traveling to your gym or studio.
5- You can wear anything or nothing at all to hoop (and this will save you more $$$)
One of my favorite benefits is the amount of money I have saved ever since I started hooping. I have nothing against running, yoga, lifting, or any other form of exercise. In fact, I love them all, but I am going to use my running story as an example.
When you start running it is so important to have properly fitting shoes. The right shoes provide the right amount of support and help prevent injuries that can happen from running.
I enjoyed getting a new pair of running shoes, but quickly noticed that the expense added up. According to Brook’s Running; we should be replacing our running shoes every 300–500 miles or 3–6 months depending on how much you run. Since, I live on a gravel road, I noticed that my shoes were breaking down very quickly.
In addition to having good running shoes, there were other things I needed to make my runs more enjoyable. A good supportive sport’s bra, wedgie-proof panties, shorts or tights with a pocket to hold my phone and keys, a sun hat, shirts with all lengths of sleeves depending on the weather (tank tops, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts), a vest was nice to have too, sunhat, sunscreen, anti-chafe was a game-changer for my thighs (and belly button! Did you know that those can chafe? I had no idea until I started running), and even the type of socks I wore made a difference.
And then there were fun extras…
When I first started running I saw it as a form or meditation and I would jog as slowly as I needed to go to last an entire hour jogging without stopping, up and down our road. After about 2 months of that I introduced music and was absolutely hooked! I went through lots of different headphones (which meant more money spent) because they kept breaking or wouldn’t stay in my ears. I also became a Spotify premium member so that I could have offline music. It started to feel like a total calamity if my music or headphones stopped working.
Today I can proudly say that I decided not to renew my Spotify premium account because I don’t need offline music. I am perfectly happy playing music at home and am pleased to save more money!
Yes! You read that correctly. You can wear anything or nothing at all to hula hoop!
In fact, it is better if you wear less because the hula hoop loves skin and will adhere to your body better if you strip down to your comfort.
6- Your hula hoop gives you a toning massage.
And now that we are on the topic of stripping down to comfort; does that sound familiar at all? If you have ever gotten a massage, you probably have had the introductory talk with your massage therapist where they tell you to strip down to your level of comfort.
Wearing less is more beneficial because it allows the massage therapist to access your body and work through tension and adhesions much more effectively without having to work around clothes. Hula hooping works in a very similar way. Your hoop massages you and works similarly to a foam roller as you stretch and move your body.
When you start hula hooping, you may notice some light bruising, but don’t be alarmed! This is totally normal and if you keep going those bruises will disappear and your skin will feel healthy and toned.
*Of course, always listen to your body. If you are experiencing any excruciating pain listen to your body and rest.
Hula hooping increases circulation and gives you a nice toning massage!
7- Hula hooping gives you time for YOU.
Life is demanding and if you are a parent then life is EVEN MORE DEMANDING. Days are jampacked with responsibilities and helping everyone else prepare for their days. There are meals to be made, lessons to be taught, household chores to do, extra-curricular activities to attend, and tons of tasks of all sizes on top of everything else. If you are also working then that adds many more variables to your day that can take time away from you.
If you are a stay-at-home parent, thank you for all you do. Your work is the most important and taken for granted work on the planet. You do not have a chance to retreat to the office and leave your home at home. People praise working moms, but I think that stay-at-home moms deserve lots of praise too. During the pandemic everyone became stay-at-home and the pandemonium of each day went up a couple of notches as we were learning how to adjust to online schooling and remote work.
We were pulled out of our routines of meeting our friends and families and going on playdates. Instead, it was necessary to get creative and to figure out what could be done from home.
When you reach for your hula hoop and step into it you are stepping into a circle of love and safety. Here you are free and safe to move in a way that feels good in the comfort of your home. You don’t have to worry about getting dressed for the gym or going to an additional place. Instead you can reach easily reach for your hula hoop, wear something comfortable (I recommend wearing something that is fun and makes your feel beautiful!), turn on some music, and have a party with your hoop. It’s easy and it feels amazing! You have made the decision to take some time for you. You deserve this and you are worth-it.
But what if you don’t have a hula hoop yet?!?!
Not to worry! I have you covered. Here is a video that will show you ways to start hula hooping before your hula hoop arrives!
Try To Hula Hoop Without A Hula Hoop:
See? Even if you haven’t decided on a hula hoop yet, that doesn’t have to stop you from getting started. It is possible to hula hoop and get a great workout even without a hula hoop. And once your hula hoop arrives you will be off to the races :) Just kidding! This isn’t a race, but hopefully you are excited to get started!
8- Hula hooping makes you bold and adventurous.
Congratulations! You are now learning a fun performance art! You can hula hoop at home, you can hula hoop outside, you can take your hula hoop for a fun ride!
Do you feel like adding some pep in your step? Try taking your hula hoop for a walk! Here is a fun hula hoop workout that you can do outdoors to get you started.
Hula Hoop Workout Outdoors -Walking Fitness:
Going for a walk outdoors with your hula hoop is amazing for your core, coordination, cardiovascular health, and overall fitness! It is also a fun way to get some fresh air and get away from screens and the computer chair.
9- Hula hooping sculpts a beautiful hourglass physique (or that sexy tapered look on men).
We all deserve to feel confident, strong, and beautiful in our bodies. Hula hooping pays special attention to our core muscles and helps us to sculpt a beautiful hourglass physique.
Adding hula hooping into your daily routine may help you shed fat by burning calories and help you tone your core muscles by strengthening the muscles in the tummy area.
You can absolutely do interval training with your hula hoop. Hoop dance moves included in a High Intensity Interval Training workout can get you toned and shredded fast.
Blast Belly Fat -Beginners Hiit workout:
Are you tired of sit-ups and crunches? Hula hooping is a fun and effective workout that can replace many of those traditional ab exercises! Would you rather hold a plank for 5 minutes or turn up your favorite song and dance with you hoop? If planking is your jam there are ways that you can incorporate a hoop into your planks and even crunches (if you refuse to part with them) that make it even more of a workout!
10- Hula Hooping Strengthens your heart.
Cardiovascular exercise (aerobics) gets your heart pumping, your lungs working, and keeps your circulatory system healthy. This improves the flow of oxygen throughout your entire body. Additionally, cardio and endurance training helps reduce the risk of many chronic and life-threatening diseases.
We live in a very sedentary world where the term “Netflix and chill (and bring on the munchies please)” has not only become a coined term, but also a very common past time. While there is nothing wrong with relaxing and taking it easy; being too sedentary can be unhealthy for the heart.
Hula hooping is a fun, low-impact cardiovascular workout that has many health benefits for the mind, body, and spirit.
Here is a fun cardio hoop workout that teaches you how to hoop dance:
11- Hula hooping clears your mind.
It is important to choose a workout that is fun and sustainable for years to come. If you enjoy exercise then you are much more likely to stick with it and your consistency will give you sustainable results. Hula hooping is a fun way to blow off some steam and also de-stress from your busy day.
Laughter really is the best medicine and when you are hooping there will be no shortage of giggles and laughter. One of the favorite lessons I have learned from hooping is how to be lighthearted and not to get attached to certain outcomes. Anything can happen when you’re hooping. It may drop a bunch of times or you might be spinning it over your head and it might decide to fly. There are also magical moments when that vortex you have been practicing finally works and your are spinning around vortexing like a cat chasing its tail. Take it as an opportunity to laugh and feel joyful!
In many ways, hula hooping feels like meditation. When I am learning a brand new move, I have to stay fully focused, concentrated, and in the present moment. It leaves little opportunity for my mind to wander and for me to get distracted.
Here is an easy Tik Tok tutorial for Beginners:
12- Hula Hooping is Fun for the Whole Family
Another huge advantage of hula hooping is that it is a fun activity you can do with your family. You will get a wonderful fat burning workout and your little ones will have fun learning new tricks and skills with you.
You can get your workout in right at home while your kids get some exercise too and that takes away the need for childcare or a babysitter while you hit the gym. Not to mention, hula hooping is a fun way to release endorphins!
What Do I Do With My Hula Hoop? Start Hooping Checklist:
Hopefully by now you are eager and excited to start hula hooping! This is just a little list of hula hooping benefits to get your started, but of course there are many more!
For an insane amount of tutorials and fun hula hooping content please visit my website and take a look around! Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope to see you again soon!